Are you aware that people in developing countries are exposed to more than 80% of global occupational hazards? Everyone knows about occupational hazards, but the steps people take to mitigate these risks, or to keep them as low as possible, are different – because each geographical location poses a different (and unique) situation.
Every company has HSE legislation with which it has to comply. Often, compliance can feel grudging. But, this blog will show you how adhering to relevant health and safety laws will both help you minimise your risk AND boost your business.
We know that poor health and safety systems cost
HSE statistics reveal the human and financial cost of failing to address health and safety. Each year:
• Millions of working days are lost due to work-related illness and injury.
• Thousands of people die from occupational diseases.
• Around a million workers self-report suffering from a work-related illness.
• Several hundred thousand workers are injured at work.
• A worker is fatally injured almost every working day.
More often than not, health and safety training is grudgingly implemented as the best way to meet legal requirements. And although you would not want any one of your employees to injure themselves (or worse, die) as the result of an unsafe workplace, too often we see very little budget allocated to proper HSE training.
In a recent blog post, Marianne Voss, affiliate of NOSA audit-partner Sedex, took a look at how contemporary businesses can find innovative ways of operating more ethically, through their risk assessment tools.
As businesses broaden and strengthen, their commitment to operating ethically by creating pathways to better identify and report forced labour risks in today’s supply chains is also necessary. Proactive, business-driven approaches continue to evolve, which is changing how companies identify and report where risk of forced labour is found, and how these findings can be properly addressed.
A consistent trend in emerging economies is the rapid development of industrial and housing projects, even in very arid landscapes. In just over a decade, cities such as Dubai have been raised from the desert. The desire for accelerated construction processes has been largely met by technological advances but has also led to an increase in human heat exposure in workplaces. As an EHS Director, it is important to know whether your employees and the employees of your contractors are protected from the heat, whatever the hemisphere in which you happen to work.